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15 September 2017, 14:16
A Birmingham man, killed in a drive-by shooting on Wednesday evening (13th September) has been named as father of four, Mekel Sterling.
The 36-year-old was shot on Great Hampton Row, Hockley just after 9.30pm and died in hospital a short while later.
Mekel’s family released a statement, saying: “Our son and brother was a lovely man and was loved by all. We will miss his beautiful soul and smile.”
Detectives continue to search for Mekel’s killer, with forensic searches taking place outside shops on Great Hampton Row and footage from CCTV is being assessed.
Detective Chief Inspector Edward Foster, from the force’s homicide team, said: “I l need to hear from anyone who was in the area at the time and saw anything suspicious.
"Mekel’s family are understandably devastated by his death and we have specialist officers supporting them through this dreadful time."
The murder happened just the day before the force announced a two week firearms surrender.
Local neighbourhood police have stepped up patrols in the wake of the shooting and anyone who has concerns should approach officers if they see them out and about or call their local team.
Detective Chief Inspector Rich Agar urged anyone with information on the whereabouts of firearms to support the surrender.
He said: "The laws on illegal firearms have recently been toughened up and anyone found in possession of a gun can now be jailed for five years.